Volume 91, Issue 27

Thursday, October 16, 1997

Bored of Governors


CD Reviews

Diana Krall
Love Scenes
Impulse/Universal Music

Love Scenes is the follow up to Diana Krall's tribute to the music on Nat King Cole from this B.C. born, NYC-based pianist. As the title suggests, these songs are about romance in the old fashioned sense of the word – when flirting hadn't been banned by the politically correct police, when courting wasn't mistaken as a tennis term and when the name of the game was seduction.

Krall has chosen her standards well: from the well-known, "All or Nothing at All" and "They Can't Take that Away from Me" to the lesser known, "Garden in the Rain" and "Lost Mind." Just as love has its many moods, so too do these songs: from the teasing "Peel Me A Grape," to the intimate memories of "I Miss You So."

Krall is accompanied by regular guitarist Russell Malone and ace bassist Christian McBride, who provide tasteful, warm support. But in the end, Krall is the star. And she has an immediate advantage over her contemporaries. Not only does she have a voice which is a cross between Sarah Vaughn and Peggy Lee, but she has a keyboard style reminiscent of the late Bill Evans. Krall is a two-pronged threat who is managing the difficult balance of winning the hearts of audiences – and the cool intellect of critics.

–Richard Moule

Kansas Khan
Kansas Khan Records

If you are interested in seeing some new faces enter the Canadian alternative scene, Newfoundland's Potatobug may or may not be the band for you. Although the band has played a major role in the East Coast music scene, the early 1990s approach to alternative music may inhibit their success throughout the rest of Canada.

Potatobug is made up of three young men attempting to conglomerate the traditional heavy metal sound with today's alternative rock. With a look that closely resembles the Hanson brothers – Rittche Perez, Jamie Tucker and Brian Downton have created an album which carelessly imitates the sound of Smashing Pumpkins, Sound Garden and most obviously Silverchair. Not only does their song "Marble" sound like a complete rip-off of Smashing Pumpkin's "Cherub Rock" but lead singer Rittche Perez constantly stresses his immature voice in an attempt to reproduce the sound of Silverchair's vocals.

Potatobug projects the same sound throughout the entire album, using a repetitive chorus to complete every song.

Potatobug's participation in such shows as Charlottetown's East Coast music awards has resulted in a huge following throughout the eastern provinces, but without a more original sound and some better lyrics, Potatobug will remain a garage band with a neighbourhood audience.

–Kim Foster

You Are Here

You Are Here

So where exactly is "here?" Literally, "here" is an embodiment of the generation-X phenomenon. You are here, so now what? It is the search for something to propel us forward on unknown paths. The six-song, self-titled album indulges in the empty and frantic state of leaving youth and entering the unfamiliar.

You Are Here's album focuses on the passing of time with no inspiration to move on.

The lyrics parallel the intensity of the sound. A hard-edged, psuedo-Rage Against the Machine beat begins the album. Expressions of confusion and struggle are emphasized by this edge. An increasing lull continues until the end of the album as "A lost soul is all that I am" is belted out with Peter Gabrielistic overtones.

You are Here allows its songs to breathe, supporting a very fluid style. The band has soul and strength in its writing, as the words parallel its sound. Confusion is marked by an unrelenting bass and helplessness is distinguished by a lulling piano. The band stays true to itself by speaking from the heart.

–Clare Elias

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